Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

A photo gift to all the winter-weary March 8, 2019

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Photographed inside a Faribault, Minnesota, greenhouse. Minnesota Prairie Roots file photo 2013.


ON THE EVE of another major winter storm here in Minnesota, I am opting to remember that this snowy season will end and spring will eventually erupt in all her colorful glory.


Leaves unfurling in southern Minnesota. Minnesota Prairie Roots file photo May 2018.


My great niece waters plants insider her family’s mini greenhouse. Minnesota Prairie Roots file photo May 2018.


Apple blossoms at River Bend Nature Center. Minnesota Prairie Roots file photo May, 2017.


To convince myself of that possibility, I searched my archives for spring images, photos that I can visually imprint upon my thoughts. It is the best I can do now to deal with all this snow. It is my way of handling my disappointment in not seeing my grandchildren this weekend. It is my way of mentally preparing for the 6 – 10 inches of snow forecast to fall here Saturday through Sunday.


A pause in field work along the Rice-Steele County line in April 2016. Minnesota Prairie Roots file photo.


Several years ago, my crocuses bloomed in mid-March. Minnesota Prairie Roots file photo.


Walking with the baby and the dog in Northfield, Minnesota, on March 12, 2016. Minnesota Prairie Roots file photo. 2016.


Because I know plenty of other Midwesterners are as sick of winter as I am, I am sharing. May these photos provide a brief break from winter. May they remind you that warmth and greenery really do exist in cold weather locations. Just not now. But spring will come, my friends. Believe it.


Minnesota Prairie Roots file photo.


BONUS PHOTO: The Lyndale Avenue walk-up/drive-up Dairy Queen in Faribault opened recently, an unofficial sign of spring. And, yes, Randy and I enjoyed our $1.99 Peanut Buster Parfaits.

Copyright 2019 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


14 Responses to “A photo gift to all the winter-weary”

  1. Beth Ann Says:

    I love your traditional Peanut Buster Parfait adventure- it signals that spring is coming. I know it has been a very long winter for you . The snow has been relentless and has hampered many plans. So sorry no visit with those grand babies this weekend but soon hopefully.

  2. Almost Iowa Says:

    Some say spring will come some day.

    Opinions vary.

  3. pkpm519 Says:

    A good shot in the arm!


  4. I love that you and Randy always get those $1.99 PBP’s. Love the photo’s of Springtime memories, it’s hard to believe that it is already March 7th. Spring will come despite what winter says. Stay warm my friend!

  5. Bella Says:

    Great colorful photo images as a gentle reminder spring will come and I offer you this quote from Pepper Blair…
    The snow must give way to the will of spring.
    Love PB parfaits

  6. Lovely photos, Audrey. Sending warm thoughts your way! ❤

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